Referenda have their place in democracy, but can also be misused.
Villagers from a community in South Africa's Eastern Cape fought to be consulted and for the power to consent to mining their land.
Failure by South Africa's municipalities to provide housing for the poor violates a Constitutional Court ruling.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court has performed remarkably well in protecting democracy since 1995.
South Africa's copyright law must not continue ignoring the principles of fair use.
South Africa has made progress towards interrupting the looting of land by chiefs, state officials and mining capital.
Prevailing patriarchal and cultural norms in some societies prevent women victims of sexual crimes from talking out by shaming them.
Moyane's axing ends one of the last vestiges of Zuma's continued influence in the country's governance.
Unrealistic expectations about what commissions can achieve comes from the fact that they're often confused with courts of law.
Social media presents new challenges in sensitive cases but media houses must stick to the law.
Calls to impose harsh prison sentences for verbal crimen injuria are often premised on the need to deter such behaviour.
Data from victim and crime perception surveys help make sense of South Africa's crime statistics.
The legalisation of the private use of cannabis in South Africa is a victory for human rights. But, much more work needs to be done to make it practical.
The Constitutional Court judgment is to be applauded for doing away with the assumption that marijuana use by adults in private is always wrong.
Justice Zondo needs to get under the skin of the politics of state capture in South Africa, to get on record what happened, and why.
Increasing police patrols won't solve South Africa's high rates of violent crime. Underlying problems need to be addressed.
The axing of the prosecutions head follows sweeping changes to other king positions in the security cluster by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
An effective, accountable National Prosecutions Authority needs at least two things: structural independence and competent personnel with expertise and integrity.
South Africa's Constitutional Court judgment shows concern that the independence of the country's prosecuting authority has been compromised.
Comic contracts can meet all the requirements for contracts to be legally binding.